Taking place in the Great Depression of 1930’s Chicago, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is the cuttingly witty take on Hitler’s rise, in an adaptation by George Tabori, revised by Alistair Beaton. In a time of unemployment, fear and corruption, an opportunity for a small-time boss and his henchmen to make it big comes to light. Accompanied by his mob of gangsters, Arturo Ui runs protection rackets for works, and soon his menacing shadow looms large over the whole city. Quickly, it becomes apparent that he cannot be stopped.
Henry Goodman reprises his role as Arturo Ui, following an acclaimed performance at Chichester. Goodman is well-known for his role as Sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Prime Minister, as well as his extensive stage credits, which include Assassins, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Art, The Producers, Follies, Tartuffe and Fiddler on the Roof. Further cast members include Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt, Joe McGann, Mark Carlisle, Alex Giannini, Amanda Gordon, Charlie Hamblett, Lucas Hare, Lizzy McInnerny, Hugh John, Richard Mark, Peter Moreton, Steve Simmonds, Colin Stinton, David Sturzaker and Benny Young.
Directed by Jonathan Church (Singin’ in the Rain), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui features original music and sound design by Mike Walker, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell. Originally penned in 1941 by Brecht just before he arrived in the USA, this thrilling play remains as relevant as ever, documenting the rise of an inexplicably corrupt figure. Opening at the West End’s Duchess Theatre, don’t miss out on this highly acclaimed production!